Hamada Tomoo was born
in Mashiko in 1967 and is the second son of Shinsaku and the grandson of Hamada
Shoji. Tomoo states that he began potting at the age of three of his own free
will, spending time in both his father’s and grandfather’s studios. It was in
1994 that he became a full time potter, sharing his father’s studio, and
visited the Leach Pottery in St. Ives the following year. Tomoo has continued
to develop as a potter and is much more daring in the use of unconventional
shapes and overglaze decorations than his elders, as this vase demonstrates.
It is unlike anything seen before in Mashiko and Mingei ceramics. In Japanese
the word “tawara” used by Tomoo to describe this vase comes from Sumo and
denotes the straw bales filled with earth that are placed in a circle on the
dohyo, inside which the fighters must stay or lose the contest.
The vase comes with its
own original wooden box, which has Tomoo’s seal and description of the vase
on the inside of the lid.
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